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29 December 13th, 2016 Alan Thicke Dead At 69: Ex-Wife and Former DAYS Star Gloria Loring Shares Grief On His Passing

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In more heartbreaking news on Tuesday, Alan Thicke, most famous for his role as Jason Seaver, the dad on the ’80s sitcom, Growing Pains, and most recently, Netflix reboot of Fuller House died of an apparent heart attack after playing hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter.

TMZ reported, “Thicke was transported to Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center around noon today, and pronounced dead there.  We’re told he and Carter were on the ice around 11 AM when he started having chest pain, then got nauseous and vomited. The ambulance picked him up around 11:30 and took him to the hospital.”

Thicke was also recently seen in the pilot episode of NBC’s This Is Us in scenes with former Y&R star, Justin Hartley (Ex-Adam). After learning of the news of Thicke’s passing, Hartley shared: “When you meet one of your idols and they are even nicer and cooler than you hoped they would be. That was Alan Thicke. Rest in peace.”

Alan was also widely-known for talk shows, being a game show host, singer, and composer of many famous TV theme songs.  He also had a recurring role from 2006-2009 on The Bold and the Beautiful as talk show host, Rich Ginger.

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His first wife was former Days of our Lives star, Gloria Loring (Ex-Liz Chandler). They have two sons together; singer/songwriter Robin Thicke, and Brennan.

Upon learning the news of Thicke’s passing, Loring took to her facebook page to express her sorrow stating: “Dear Friends, Thank you for your kindness concerning Alan Thicke’s passing. It is a shock. We were all just together for Thanksgiving. He was talented, funny and deeply devoted to his family. Rest In Peace, dear one.”

The entertainment world is currently sharing their sadness and condolences via social media posts from: Ellen DeGeneres, Bob Saget, Larry King, Demi Lovato, and so many others including General Hospital’s Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) who tweeted: “RIP Alan Thicke. I got to play his son in my second acting job as a kid. He was a great guy and a true talent.”

Alan Thicke is survived by his aforementioned three sons and his wife, Tanya.

Share your remembrances and condolences on the passing of Alan Thicke in the comment section below.

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  1. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Watched Growing Pains back in the 80s…the bad news just keeps coming…still dealing with mine! My condolances to Thickes family!!!

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    4ever DAYS replied

    Hang in there, Jimmy! Just roll with the punches.

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    Celia replied

    My condolences to the Thicke family.

    …….Thinking of you, Jimmy. What 4ever said. One foot in front of the other. Much love, and prayers.

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Thanks Celia and 4ever DAYS…

    Omar replied

    Condolences to the Thicke Family, may he RIP…Jim, I am so sorry that you are having such a tough time in your life..You are still alive and breathing..Seek therapy and help.

    This is a soap opera website and not a place to air out your personal problems..if you seek advice, help and guidance, there are therapist out there or even websites to help you.

    Just saying!!

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I do see a therapist…i do try to keep it soapy but being i like Maurice(GHs Sonny) suffer from bipolar disorder and reading here about it i respond about my own experiences and its been helpful coming here to talk about it…i want to keep it under Maurice’s headlines when the subject comes up but sometimes im so stressed i need to talk about it soon as possible and it sometimes helps getting it out here..some suggested its therapuetic and it has been…ive been on websites in the past and it hasnt worked for me…i go on another soap site where we discuss the serial we watch and we also discuss our real lives the good and the bad.=there no one has too much of an issue with it..people there usually skip over comments they dont like to read if the subject doesnt interest them,,,but dont worry for now im trying to keep it all about soaps but one day in the future my comments may no longer appear and those who dont like what i have to say dont have to worry about it anymore!!!

    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Sorry…didnt intend to make it sound mean but im constantly stressed and you would be too if you worry that in the next few months i may end up homeless and my soap viewing will definately end there

    Addison replied

    Omar, if you do not care to read a certain person’s posts, I suggest you just move along and skip it. Jast saying.
    As Jim asserts, many people suffer from bipolar disorder and one of the characteristics of this devastating disease is that as high as one becomes during the manic state, the further they plunge during the depressive state. It’s a chemical disorder of the brain involving the release of dopamine (the happy hormone). Like Maurice Bernard, Jim is letting folks out there who suffer from manic depression that they are not alone. As REM once sang,”Everybody hurts.” Indeed. Happy holidays to you, Omar.

    Shay replied

    Jimh….I’m keeping you in my thoughts and prayers with hopes that a “Christmas Miracle” will ease your pain and worry. Take care, my friend, and don’t give up!

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  2. Meg Reddekopp says:

    ALAN AND GLORIA HAVE TWO SON’S ROBIN AND BRENNAN .

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  3. 4ever DAYS says:

    Alan Thicke and Gloria Loring have two sons, Brennan and Robin. Carter is Alan’s son with his present wife.

    I know Brennan is the oldest and son of both Alan and Gloria because he had juvenile diabetes which is how DAYS’ writers got the idea to give Neil and Liz’s daughter diabetes.

    Carter has to be the youngest and not Gloria’s son.

    R.I.P., Alan Thicke.

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    dar replied

    Carter is Alan’s son with his 2nd wife, not with Tanya , but she has pretty much raised him with Alan…… R.I.P. Mr Thicke/Dr Seaver

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    Mo replied

    Carter is Alan’s son with his second wife. His widow Tanya was Alan’s third wife.

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    John Paul Murphy replied

    Actually, Carter is his son from his second marriage. He has only been married to Tanya since 2005.

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    Mo replied

    That’s what I said.

  4. Don and Theresa Bragg says:

    Friends for over 40 years. Shared time with each other’s families between New Jersey and California. Our family is deeply saddened and we will miss his TV appearances and his laid back personality. Our prayers to his wife and son and to Gloria, Brennan and Robin.
    Don “Tarzan” Bragg (1960 Olympic Gold Medalist) and Family.

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  5. Joe says:

    I remember their song, “Friends & Lovers” . What a great song! RIP Alan.

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  6. jaybird369 says:

    Rest In Peace, Alan.

    Amen.

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  7. Violet Lemm says:

    R.I.P ,such a shock. You will be missed, as I have enjoyed watching your talent for many years. I am so sorry for the family’s loss, as well as all his fan’s.

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  8. mark says:

    He was so handsome i loved him on growing pains

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  9. Mo says:

    Very sad and shocking. I also enjoyed his reality show with his wife Tanya and son Carter. My condolences to his family and friends.

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  10. Shay says:

    Such sad news, especially so tragically close to Christmas! I always enjoyed the multi-talented Mr. Thicke , no matter the entertainment vehicle….he successfully tackled them all with his trademark energetic relish, engaging personality and comedic aplomb! Strangely enough, I was thinking of his truly creative talk show just yesterday before his untimely death was announced—spooky! Along with the legendary Joan Rivers and then, some years afterward, snarky ex-SNL-er Dennis Miller, he provided a really different and refreshing alternative to the status quo late night offerings in the ’80′s/’90′s, all of which were still markedly better than today’s totally biased, one-note political midnight bashfests that aren’t a darn bit funny.

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    Celia replied

    Hey, Shay. I share your sentiments of Alan.
    And, steadfastedly support your last two lines….pathetic, is it not?
    Love you, amica.
    Happy Holidays.

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    Shay replied

    Awww….thank you, CeeCeeGirl! I’ve been meaning to get in touch at some of your past comments to send my holiday greetings, as well….I don’t know if you’ve ever viewed footage from “Thicke of the Night,” but it was a joyfest….funny, fresh, clever and such a vast departure from the formulaic late night fare that was available at that juncture. I was a huge fan and tried to never miss the program….I remember the first time I saw BonJovi was on Alan’s show—he was great for introducing new musical acts—and recall telling a friend you will like these guys, they’re gonna be big! (They weren’t exactly my cup of tea, but I do believe my faves DuranDuran were also guests at least once…..) At any rate, that grand ’80′s late night experiment was my initial encounter with Mr. Thicke’s larger-than-life personality and immense talent and I immediately liked him….particularly when I discovered he was married at that time to Gloria Loring—who I already knew as Liz on DOOL—ergo when “TOTN” folded after just one season, it was a major disappointment …Of course, Alan rebounded magnificently with his subsequently successful stints on sitcoms and many guest appearances in episodic dramas….(He was an absolute hoot as “Dennis Dupree” on the comedy “Hope and Gloria!”) Having said that, it has been many moons since I watched any late night show with regularity due to the circumstances listed above ….however, I do sometimes catch the old Johnny Carson reruns that are being shown on AntennaTV, and something that has struck me is how after his retirement, he finally revealed his political leanings as Democrat, yet, he always kept people guessing his personal views during his long television tenure….he maintained that he never felt it appropriate to reveal this information prior to that point. When it came to doing his monologues, he believed in being equal opportunity humorous to politicians of both parties….knowing this now, I marvel at how even-handed his quips were, especially since most of the episodes I have seen are from the years of the Reagan Administration….I guess that’s the difference between a true showbiz professional of yore and today’s pale imitations….perhaps they should follow the shining example of the real “King of Late Night!” Later, mia amica!

    Celia replied

    Hi, Shay,
    I wanted to make you aware that I did receive your lovely, informative post in my inbox.
    That was very magnanimous of Mr. Fairman’s staff.
    It is unfortunate about Alan Thicke….and, no, I did not watch IN THE THICKE OF NIGHT.
    However, I did catch reruns of GROWING PAINS. And, I knew he was married to Gloria Loring ( Liz), at one point, who was one of my grandmother’s favorite characters on DOOL.
    As yourself, I have given up watching any late-night shows until sanity returns ….bedlam, Shay.
    And, coincidentally, we started watching HEEEERE’S JOHNNY, LOL……nice, quiet respite, at the end of the day. It’s also approaching Christmas in Johnny Carson Land, right now.LOL.
    Who still doesn’t love Johnny Carson? His dry humor reminds me of Harry’s, Timmm’s and Jimh’s.
    I have written you a few times…but, I suppose, the posts vanished in cyber space.
    By the by; love Dennis Miller…one of a kind….later, bella.

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  11. rebecca1 says:

    Was shocked to hear the news. Last I “saw” him I think it was an interview or piece on his family… Much about his son Robin (whose music I like) and the saga surrounding Robin’s split from his wife

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  12. rebecca1 says:

    Uggggg…again…sent before I finished my comment (and I’ll be pleasantly surprised if this falls under my reply…anyway…sorry to hear the news. Good actor… seemed like a good man.

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  13. Willa Sargent says:

    my Condolences extends to Alan’s children,wife, Gloria Loring, during this difficult time. Alan will be remembered as nice & kind man.great Father.actor.R.I.P.

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  14. Ray says:

    In seeing Gloria Loring’s picture, it would be fun to see her come back with a few grown kids and mix it up with Kate. She was a great, strong character and I love her with Neil Curtis. Very sad news about Alan Thicke.

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